The United States, which some call "Nature’s Nation," constitutionally prides itself with its intimate association with the natural world. Under the influence of the encounter with Indigenous cultures, Romantic American literary texts, especially Henry David Thoreau’s journal Walden (1854), contain elements of an appreciation of the more-than-human world whose present relevance is obvious. We will study some of these early cases of "nature writing" both for their literary merit and for their articulation of transcultural and ecological ideas.
Students are required to purchase a Reader (Copy&Paste), as well as the following edition:
- Thoreau, Henry David (1854/2016) Walden & Civil Disobedience. Ed. Tom Griffiths. ISBN 1840225971